We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Tange and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always found a sense of transcendence in art making and yet never pursued as a career, possibly due to cultural expectations, until more recently when I realized that this is what I am here to do.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my work I sometimes use the uncanny to explore love and longing, societal taboos and catharsis. I started an all encompassing brand called Modeun with my friend Jessica Schmitzberger which began as a way to merge our respective careers as artist and architect and created a gender neutral line of products. I also co-produce Sacred Wounds, a show around ritual, subverting cultural stereotypes and ancestral healing and am very proud of what we have been able to accomplish during this pandemic in terms of community outreach. I’ve been able to meet, perform with and keep in touch with some incredible people. I got to where I am today by the support of friends, fellow performers, a lot of persistence and hard work. It was not easy at all and many times I wanted to give up. In the beginning, I overcame the challenges with a handful of people believing in me and knowing intuitively I wanted to share my story. I would like people to know that it is possible to create a path that feels right to you, even if it feels impossible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Sadly during covid, we can’t go out. However, prior to this lockdown, some of my favorite places to eat are Hodori, Sun Nong Dan, Dune, Full Moon house, The Semi-Tropic, Alcove and the list could go on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shout out Wang Newton, drag king extraordinaire, friend and co-producer for our show Sacred Wounds.
Website: www.kaylatange.com www.modeunco.com
Instagram: @sacred.wounds @kayla.tange @modeun_co
Black and white photo is taken by Paul Vu Suspension photo is taken by Argent Lloyd the other two are stills from video taken by me.